Last year, Utah Food Bank distributed 37.5 million pounds of food (over 31 million meals) via our network of 134 emergency food pantries and agencies statewide. With 16% of Utah's population, or 444,000 individuals, unsure where their next meal will come from, our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide sadly never ends. Often when people think about donating to a food bank, their first inclination is to host a Food Drive, or participate in one of the major food drives. There are a multitude of ways to help, and we urge you to consider all of your giving options:
Host a Food Drive: Organize your friends, family, or community groups to help you donate food on a larger scale. You can sign up HERE to host a food drive, and request supplies to help you in your endeavors, and even request transportation assistance (500 lbs. minimum). Please know that one of the best ways you can help us is by providing your own transportation and collection receptacles if at all possible.
Virtual Food Drive: Utah Food Bank can stretch financial donations further than you might think. Through our Grocery Rescue program, commercial donations, and our purchasing power, we are able to take each $1 donation and turn it into $7.61 worth of goods and services. Our Virtual Food Drive allows you to "shop" online for specific food items and related transportation costs using our purchasing power. You can even set up your own Virtual Food Drive team!
Donate to Your Local Pantry: Utah Food Bank covers 82,170 square miles - one of the largest surface areas in the country. We are one of a small number of food banks in the US (and the only one of our size) that supplies food to our partner agencies completely free of cost. If you wish to donate directly to one of our partner agencies in your neighborhood, CLICK HERE for a list of our partner agencies.